17 Best Outdoor Festivals and Concerts in Philly This Summer

Whether you’re into mainstream pop, indie songwriters or cover bands, there’s an outdoor music festival with your name on it.

Photograph by Trevor Dixon

June 1-3: Beardfest

This trippy fest in the Pinelands has dozens of bands — including the West Philadelphia Orchestra — plenty of art, and unusual workshops like backpacking on a budget, acro yoga, improvisation for non-musicians, and the mysterious “mushroom medicines.” 

June 3: The Roots Picnic

Questlove & Co. swing back into town for the band’s outdoor show at Festival Pier. For this 10th edition, Pharrell headlines, and expect surprise guests. (Last year, we got Will Smith!)

June 3: West Philly Porchfest

Neighbors get together on each other’s porches for DIY concerts. As of press time, more than 35 bands and artists had signed up.

June 7-September 6: Pennypack Park Music Festival

All summer long, the Northeast Philly park stages fun — okay, sometimes downright silly — tribute band concerts in its amphitheater. On July 26th, it’s Van Halen cover band Romeo Delight, brought to you by Chickie’s & Pete’s. There had better be Crab Fries.

June 11: Odunde Festival

The Odunde Festival, held in Grad Hospital, is billed as the largest African-American street festival in the country. The drum circles are the stuff of legend.

June 15-18: Firefly Music Festival

Yes, it’s in Delaware, but this is the single largest music festival in the tri-state area, with close to 150 bands (Weezer and Chance the Rapper among them) over four days. Last year, more than 70,000 camped out — so consider one of the luxury glamping options.

June 21: Make Music Philly

Scores of local bands and musicians perform free sets on Philly sidewalks and streets and in parks all over town on the first day of summer.

June 25: Dead & Company

The only downside to this being an outdoor show (it’s at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden) is that you won’t get quite the same concentration of secondhand marijuana. John Mayer fills in for the late Jerry Garcia.

Various dates June-September: Music Without Walls

A new music series launched by the Natural Lands Trust presents four concerts through the summer at four area nature preserves.

Various dates June-September: PECO Multicultural Festival Series

Every year, the energy company sponsors festivals at Penn’s Landing celebrating different ethnic groups. The colors and foods at the African iteration and the Festival of India are unforgettable.

July 4: Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

R&B queen Mary J. Blige is at the helm of this Parkway concert. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Not feeling outdoorsy? Watch the whole thing on NBC 10.

July 12: Pink

In between shows in Canada and Europe, the pride of Doylestown squeezes one in on the sand in A.C.

July 19-28: Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center

Each year, the Orchestra takes over the Mann for a series of crowd-pleasing performances. Think Tchaikovsky with fireworks, not Stravinsky.

July 28-30: XPoNential Music Festival

If you’re a regular listener to WXPN, hit up this three-day fest on the Camden waterfront. Night one features Wilco, but don’t miss night two: Philly guy Amos Lee performs with the esteemed Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

August 6: 2nd Street Festival

No one does the block party quite like NoLibs. Lots of local bands, lots of food, and, of course, the proverbial beer garden.

August 7-20: Philadelphia Folk Festival

Break out the tent and sunscreen. Four days, eight stages, and plenty of great music year after year in Schwenksville.

September 2-3: Made in America

Something like 100,000 people hit the Parkway for Jay-Z’s star-studded concert extravaganza.

First published as “Festivals” in the June 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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